Halachic Musings: 19 Sukkos Rulings of Rav Elyashiv

Sukkos is upon us, and we are bereft of the gedolim of yesteryear. Not to fret, however, because we still have sefarim that tell us of what they had...

Sukkot: The Etrog

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute The mitzvah of taking the arba’ah minim on Sukkot is the paradigm of hiddur mitzvah. Since the Torah refers to the etrog as “the...

Halachic Musings: Which Comes First, Lulav or Esrog?

“Daddy, can I have your lulav and esrog?” His teenage daughter has asked the question correctly. She said the word “have,” indicating that she knows the halachah of “lachem” —...

Business Halacha: Purloined Esrogim

Yeshivas Limud HaTorah hosted a lulav-and-esrog fair. “Best selection; best prices!” the signs announced. “A dozen sellers! Prices $60–$250 per set!” Mr. Freilich’s esrogim were good quality; he did excellent...

Business Halacha: ‘Gazalnu — We Stole’

The Yamim Nora’im were reaching their climax. The shul was packed with men wrapped in talleisim and women dressed in white for Ne’ilah. The rabbi delivered an impassioned sermon...

Halachic Musings: Water Recipes and Eating on Yom Kippur

  It is one of those things that no one really learns, almost like that invisible elephant in the room that we don’t want to talk about. Perhaps it is...

Halachic Musings: Goats, Chickens, and Yom Kippur

  Recently, someone asked me, “Hey, what did chickens and goats ever do to you?” Goats and chickens are two animals that get along. Farmers often allow them to graze together...

35 Halachos to Remember on Rosh Hashanah

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman 1. There are three main aspects to Rosh Hashanah. It is the time when we declare Hashem King. It is the time when we are all...

Halachic Musings: Shofar For All

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Rosh Hashanah is coming, the day of judgment for the entire world. Jews and gentiles are all judged on this day. The Talmud (Rosh Hashanah 16a)...

Halachic Musings: Singles-Minded Approach to Rosh Hashanah

  Rosh Hashanah is approaching, and the thoughts of many are about bringing shidduchim for ourselves, our children, and our siblings this year. Indeed, it is cited from the Bianer...
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